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Sensitive Teeth: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Also called sensitive dentin, dentin sensitivity, dentin hypersensitivity, cervical sensitivity, cervical hypersensitivity.

How is the treatment done?

Sensitive teeth, also called dentin hypersensitivity is a very common dental condition where a sharp but short duration pain occurs in the dental region inside the teeth and gums in response to certain stimuli but not caused due to any other disease. The stimuli can be thermal, mechanical or tactile, electrical, osmotic, or due to chemicals or evaporation.

The root cause of dental hypersensitivity is exposure of the dentine layer of the teeth that lies just underneath the outer enamel coating. The dentine layer may be exposed due to receding gums, or due to the erosion of the enamel. Dentine contains millions of microscopic tubules fanning outward from the pulp. These dentinal tubules are filled with a fluid. Once exposed, the external stimuli cause changes in the flow of this fluid, and this triggers the sudden sharp pain response from the mechanoreceptors from the nerves in the pulp. Some level of sensitivity is noted even in healthy teeth, but the response is much sharper and more intense in case of hypersensitivity.

A great number of treatment options are available to treat and manage dental hypersensitivity. Even without treatment hypersensitivity response is slowly managed and muted by the body by laying down tertiary drains and thickening the dentine, but these processes take a very long time, and the condition might turn more severe if the pulp becomes involved and inflamed.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

A multitude of treatment options are available for dental hypersensitivity. The most easily available are desensitizing toothpastes that are available over the counter at any pharmacy. These toothpastes help to block pain by forming a layer over the exposed ends of the dentinal microtubules. Fluoride is also used to strengthen the enamel so that it resists decay. The exposed dentin surface may also be sealed in a process similar to dental filling for cavities. Lost gum tissues may need to be replaced by taking up tissues from elsewhere in the mouth. In case other treatments are ineffective, a root canal procedure is performed, which involves a surgical removal of pulp with all its nerve endings. The procedure is usually applied to treat severe hypersensitivity problems arising from other more severe causes like inflammation of the dental pulp. Treatments may need to be combined with teeth crowns to protect them from further damage.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Dental hypersensitivity is characterized by sharp sudden pains in the teeth in response to various stimuli. Commonest of these stimuli is temperature, where the pain is triggered by cold or hot liquids coming in contact with the affected teeth. Even cold air can cause a dental hypersensitivity in some of the more severe cases. Brushing teeth may cause the pain. Sugar solutions like fruit juices, soft drinks, etc. can cause the pain to occur. Solid or liquid edibles with acidic pH coming in contact with the affected teeth can cause pain. Dental hypersensitivity may occur due to some other dental diseases, in which case the underlying cause needs to be addressed. If no other diseases are seen to be the cause of hypersensitivity, the patient is eligible for hypersensitivity treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Some dental diseases like pulp inflammation may be the cause of hypersensitivity. In this case, treatments like sealing of dentine is not advised as the pulp may turn necrotic and the damage may spread to other parts of the mouth and gums.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Some side effects are associated with treatments for sensitive teeth. For example, fluoride treatment can cause fluoride poisoning if used non-judiciously. Dental crowns placed to protect the enamel from decay may further aggravate the problem of increasing dentinal hypersensitivity.

How long does it take to recover?

Post treatment guidelines for teeth hypersensitivity include simple habits to keep the teeth and gums clean and healthy to prevent their further decay. These include regular brushing and flossing at least twice a day, rinsing out the mouth properly after every meal, having some water after having some acidic food, wearing mouth guards if grinding teeth is a regular problem, etc.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Some of the treatment options manage the condition by preventing further enamel decay and reducing dental sensitivity, and these treatments are regular treatments. Root canal surgery is performed in severe cases, and it takes about three to four weeks to recover.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Treatment costs for dental hypersensitivity vary widely from Rs. 50 going up to Rs. 10,000 or higher for surgical procedures and follow ups.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Some treatments are regular and ongoing. Results of most treatments are long lasting if proper care is taken and further decay does not occur. Results of root canal surgery are permanent since the entire pulp with nerves is removed.

Safety: Condition Effectiveness: High Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: Low Price Range:

Rs. 50 - Rs. 10,000

Popular Health Tips

Tooth Sensitivity - Know Causes And Treatment Of It!

BDS
Dentist, Narnaul
Tooth Sensitivity - Know Causes And Treatment Of  It!

Tooth sensitivity is a condition when the nerve endings in the teeth are overly sensitive to hold and cold conditions. Drinking and eating hot or cold food may cause a sharp pain in the tooth. A material called dentin, which is what makes up the inside of your tooth, is protected by the enamel in the crown and the cementum in the root of the tooth. In cases when the dentin loses its covering, teeth may be become sensitive.

Causes of sensitive teeth

1. Inflammation caused by bacteria may lead to sensitive teeth.
2. Gum diseases such as gingivitis may cause the gums to retract and reveal the roots of your teeth.
3. Constantly grinding your teeth can cause the enamel to break down, which leads to exposure of the dentin.
4. Accumulation of plaque can cause sensitive teeth.
5. Various acidic foods such as lemon cause the enamel to be worn out.
6. Sensitive teeth is caused by decay of the tooth.
7. Various dental procedures such as teeth restoration and cleaning of the teeth cause the teeth to be sensitive.

Treatments for sensitive teeth

1. You need to use dental products that contain fluoride. Fluoride products tend to decrease teeth sensitivity.
2. Restrict consumption of acidic foods such as lemon and some dairy products.
3. If you grind your teeth then start using mouth guard.
4. Follow proper dental hygiene such as brushing and flossing on a regular basis to keep teeth sensitivity at bay.
5. You should use a toothbrush that has soft bristles so that the gum tissue is not affected while brushing.
6. You may use a toothpaste that has been made for people who have sensitive teeth.
7. You may apply fluoride varnishes to root surfaces that have been exposed.
8. You may cover up root surfaces with white fillings.
9. Application of dentin sealers to root surfaces that have been exposed may help in preventing tooth sensitivity.
10. Laser is also effective to fix tooth sensitivity.

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How Can You Prevent Tooth Sensitivity?

BDS, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE), Advanced Endotontic Course On Root Canal, Postgraduate in Aesthetic Dentistry
Dentist, Kolkata
How Can You Prevent Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can be best described with the symptom of a sharp pain that you feel in your teeth when you sip something hot or cold. It is this contact of the drink with the sensitive tooth that causes the sharp pain. Extremely cold climate and eating something which is sweet or sour can cause the sensitive teeth to cause such a sensation, thus making it uncomfortable for you to eat anything.

The most common causes of sensitive teeth are as follows:
1. Tooth decay near the gum line can cause the teeth to be sensitive
2. Consumption of highly acidic foods and beverages
3. Using a hard tooth brush and aggressive brushing can lead to erosion of tooth enamel and cause tooth sensitivity
4. Plague buildup and gum diseases cause tooth sensitivity which may require you to consult your dentist immediately

However, there are many precautions that dentists recommend which can prevent your tooth from becoming sensitive. These are:

1. Gently brush your teeth and use a tooth brush that has soft bristles. This can prevent any damage to the enamel.
2. Apply proper technique to clean all parts of your mouth and teeth. You should also rinse your mouth properly with antiseptic mouthwash and fluoride.
3. You should eat a well -balanced diet which is low in acidic content. Soft drinks and cold drinks should be avoided as they can damage the enamel on your teeth.
4. Using desensitizing toothpaste can help reduce the pain associated with sensitivity.

 

Hyper sensitive tooth needs proper treatment and you should immediately consult your dentist. There are many dental procedures ranging from simple to complex ones, aimed towards controlling pain and sensitivity. Root canal and application of fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth can help reduce pain. Root canal is a treatment at the tooth’s soft core and is considered the most successful treatment to eliminate the pain associated with infected tooth without the need to remove it.

Do You Overbrush ?

BDS, Certificate of Speciality Training In Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics, Advanced Certificate Course In Aesthetic Dentistry
Dentist, Mumbai
Do You Overbrush ?

Vigourous tooth brushing can wear down your enamel on the teeth as well as damage and push your gums exposing the sensitive root area and receding gums can lead to other dental problems like periodontal disease and root caries. Do not brush vigorously and follow a proper technique. 

Sensitivity Of Teeth

BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
Sensitivity Of Teeth

Tooth sensitivity is tooth discomfort in one or more teeth that is triggered by hot, cold, sweet or sour foods and drinks, or even by breathing cold air. The pain can be sharp, sudden, and shoot deep into the nerve endings of your teeth.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the underlying layer of your teeth - the dentin - becomes exposed as a result of receding gum tissue (the protective blanket that covers the tooth roots). The roots, which are not covered by hard enamel, contain thousands of tiny tubules leading to the tooth's never center (the pulp). These dentinal tubules (or channels) allow the stimuli - for example, the hot, cold, or sweet food - to reach the nerve in your tooth, which results in the pain you feel.

There are many factors that may lead to the development of tooth sensitivity, including.

  • Brushing too hard. Over time, brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear down enamel and cause the dentin to be exposed. It can also cause recession of the gums (the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth).

  • Recession of the gums. As gums move away from a tooth due to conditions such as periodontal disease, the root surface becomes exposed.
  • Gum disease (gingivitis). Inflamed and sore gum tissue may cause sensitivity due to the loss of supporting ligaments, which exposes the root surface that leads directly to the nerve of the tooth.
  • Cracked teeth. Chipped or broken teeth may fill with bacteria from plaque and enter the pulp causing Inflammation.
  • Teeth grinding . grinding or clenching your teeth may wear down the enamel and expose underlying dentin.
  • Tooth whitening products or toothpaste with baking soda and peroxide. These products are major contributors to teeth sensitivity.
  • Your age. Tooth sensitivity is highest between the ages of 25 and 30.
  • Plaque build-up. The presence of plaque on the root surfaces can cause sensitivity.

  • Mouthwash use. Long-term use of some mouthwashes. Some over-the-counter mouthwashes contain acids that can worsen tooth sensitivity if you have exposed dentin (the middle layer of the tooth). The acids further damage the dentin layer of the tooth. If you have dentin sensitivity, ask your dentist about the use of a neutral fluoride solution.

  • Acidic foods. Regular consumption of foods with a high acid content, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickles and tea, can cause enamel erosion.

  • Recent routine dental procedures. Sensitivity can occur following teeth cleaning, root planing, crown placement, and tooth restoration. Sensitivity caused by dental procedures is temporary, usually disappearing in 4 to 6 weeks.

What Can I Do to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity?

  • Maintain good oral hygiene. Continue to follow proper brushing and flossing techniques to thoroughly clean all parts of your teeth and mouth.

  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush. This will result in less toothbrush abrasion to the tooth surface and less irritation to your gums. Brush gently and carefully around the gum line so you do not remove more gum tissue.
  • Use desensitizing toothpaste. There are several brands of toothpaste available for sensitive teeth. With regular use you should notice a decrease in sensitivity. You may need to try several different brands to find the product that works best for you. Another tip. spread a thin layer of the toothpaste on the exposed tooth roots with your finger or a Q-tip before you go to bed. Do not use a tartar control toothpaste; rather, use a fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Watch what you eat. Frequent consumption of highly acid foods can gradually dissolve tooth enamel and lead to dentin exposure. They may also aggravate the sensitivity and start the pain reaction.
  • Use fluoridated dental products. Daily use of a fluoridated mouth rinse can decrease sensitivity. Ask your dentist about available products for home use.
  • Avoid teeth grinding. If you grind or clench your teeth, use a mouth guard at night.
  • See your dentist at regular intervals. Get professional tooth cleaning, oral hygiene instructions, and fluoride treatments every 6 months.

If you still have discomfort, talk to your dentist. There may be some dental procedures that may help reduce sensitivity, including the use of.

  • White fillings (bonding) to cover exposed root surfaces
  • Fluoride varnishes applied to the exposed root surface
  • Dentin sealers applied to the exposed root surface
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6 Signs You Might be Suffering From Periodontal Disease

MDS - Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, BDS (Implantologist)
Dentist, Noida
6 Signs You Might be Suffering From Periodontal Disease

Many adults suffer from Periodontal disease, which may result in slight swelling of the gums or something more severe as grave damage to the bone and tissue, which holds on to the teeth. After the onset of Periodontal disease, dental care is essential as it will determine the progress of the condition. 

What are some of the causes of Periodontal disease?

  1. Smoking is one of the main causes of gum diseases. Moreover, it also reduces chances of effective treatment.
  2. Hormonal changes in women make the gums increasingly sensitive; as a result they become more susceptible to the onset of gingivitis.
  3. Diabetic patients are more likely to develop infection of the gums.
  4. The ongoing treatment for serious medical conditions like AIDs and cancer can also cause Periodontal Disease.
  5. Genetics also plays an essential role in the onset of gums diseases. 

What are the symptoms of Periodontal disease?

  1. Persistent foul breath 
  2. Red inflamed gums 
  3. Tender gums with some amount of bleeding 
  4. A sensation of pain while chewing food 
  5. Loose teeth
  6. Teeth sensitivity 

In case these symptoms are experienced, a dentist should be immediately consulted.

How is Periodontal disease treated?

  1. The most effective way of treating Periodontal disease, is by controlling the progression of the condition. The type of treatment generally depends on the extent of the disease. 
  2. Generally the doctor begins treatment by cleaning out the plaque, through a process called scaling and root planing. Scaling gets rid of the tartar from the gums and root planing removes rough spots from the root of the tooth, where bacteria generally accumulate and breed. Sometimes, a laser is also used for the same. 
  3. After the cleaning is done, certain medicines are recommended and the doctor recommends strict oral care. 
  4. If the diseases continue to worsen, a surgical treatment may be recommended. 
  5. Some surgical treatments include flap surgery and bone and tissue grafts.
  6. Scaling should be done every 6months.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

I have sensitivity from sugar in my right lower 1st molar teeth from the last 1.5 month. It hurt me most whenever I chew some sweet on that teeth. What can I do Please help me.

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
Hi Sir, Visit a dentist every six months for cleaning and a thorough dental check-up. Limit sugary food to avoid tooth decay. Gargle your mouth thoroughly after every meal. Scrub gently to clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner. Floss all your teeth inter dentally & brush twice daily, morning & night, up & down short vertical strokes, with ultra-soft bristles, indicator brush. Tooth brush to be changed every 2 months.
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I have sensitivity in my teeth. I can not eat cool meal. Hot cool things make its paining. What it will. For which treatment I have to go.

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
Good evening! You may have cavity or reduced layers of normal teeth. Brush your teeth with Oral-B UltraSoft Tooth Brush in circular motion without applying much pressure. If there is cavity kindly consult a dentist and get filled. Thank you.

How to make iner pare of mouth good and strong. Because when I drink cold water my inner part of mouth becomes sensitive to cold.

BDS, MDS - Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, MBA HCS
Dentist, Bhilai
Hi. You might be suffering from tooth hypersensitivity. You need a dental consultation for proper diagnosis and treatment. In the mean while you can use desensitising paste like colgate prosensitive, sensodyne, thermofoam, etc.
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I am suffering from hot and cold sensitivity in teeth but after placing a bridge. Now doctor said I have to remove bridge and have to RCT. Please suggest for that. What to do RCT or?

BDS
Dentist,
take a second opinion. although we cut the adjacent good teeth which gets sensitive but a proper bridge fits well and doesn't leave any cut surface exposed and so there will be no sensitivity. probably it's a faulty bridge

Hi my dad is suffering from teeth sensitivity. He is 54 years old. Please give us suggestion. Thnkx.

BDS, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE), Advanced Endotontic Course On Root Canal, Postgraduate in Aesthetic Dentistry
Dentist, Kolkata
Sensitivity may be due to many problems like Loss of enamel, Cavities in tooth, Gum problem etc. You need to visit your dentist for treatment.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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Tooth Sensitivity

Hello friends, my name is Dr Aishna Sharma, today I am going to discuss about the topic that is very common and in general everyone suffers from it and that is, tooth sensitivity.

Tooth sensitivity is basically any kind of pain due to extremes (hot and cold) food or drinks or even with a blow of air. Now first of all going deep into this topic you musyt understand the tooth structure, that is a tooth it consists of three layers;

The outermost layer enamel, that is considered to be the hardest substance on the eart, other than the diamond.
Now, after enamel comes dentin. Dentin is considered to be the softer substance.
It has tubules in it. Tubules that starts from the outer layer of the dentin and ends up to the pulp.
This dentin and inside dentin is the pulp. The pulp or the nerve tissue, this nerve tissue consist if sensations, and with whatever we eat whatever we have all the sensation is passed through the nerves and it reaches through the dentin and then it reaches to the enamel. Now whenever we have sensitivity it means that the tooth structure is lost because of many reasons. Now first and foremost reason is the loss of gum tissue. The loss of gum tissue can occur when we take some very acidic things like pepsi, coke or any aerated drink. So in that case our gum tissues are soft in nature, that gets lost. So when it gets lost the lower part of the tooth that is the root of the tooth, it gets exposed and it is sensitive in nature so obviously you will have sensitivity in that area. The sensitivity is not in the tooth structure it is in the root area. Now, other reason of sensitivity is decay. Decay is the most common.

When you will have decay?

First and foremost you will get to know about decay when your food will get lost when the food will get lost only in the outer surface of the tooth, that is the enamel, you won t have any sensitivity you will just have the complain of getting the food lost, but when it reaches the dentin, you will definitely have sensitivity. The first sensitivity you are going to have is cold, after that hot and after that when it is very near to the nerves, you will have sensitivity to sweets. Now, this is how this process of decay stats from sensitivity and ends up in pain because when you reach the nerve, you will experience pain. Other reason of sensitivity is fracture, when the tooth gets fractured, so obviously in fractured case also the dentin is getting exposed and even at times the pulp or the nerve tissue gets exposed. So all the sensation, whatever you eat or drink gets passed on to the tooth directly to the inside of the tooth directly and you will have sensation of hot and cold, even to sweets.

Now, what is the treatment line for tooth sensitivity?

The first and foremost line and the most common treatment line people do at home is the desensitizing paste, nowadays there are so many advertisements coming on national television. So, desensitizing paste is something that you have to use regularly and slowly you will attain the result. But, ya if you don t get results with the desensitizing paste, you have to come to the clinic. To the doctor s place and you have to get the treated by the fluorited toothpaste that the doctor will recommend. Even after that if you are not getting relieved, then you haveto go for the filling that filling is medicated filling. Even at times if it is your bad luck that you don t even get relief with the filling then you have to go for the root canal only after that the sensitive tooth will be relieved.

For further detail on this topic, you can call me and chat with me. There is live chat option also on librate.com and you can visit our clinic that is Rohini Dental Care and it is in sector 31 Gurgaon. Rest, you can get from the Lybrate.
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Tooth Decay
Detailed description on Tooth decay

Hi I'm Dr. Vikash, an Endodontist and Senior Consultant at Ethical Dental and Health Care, Sector-1004, Noida. Today I'm going to discuss about the most common disease in the world, that is Tooth Decay.

Inside everyone's mouth there is a war going on. Our tooth is under attack by various bacterias. These bacterias grow a layer called plaque. It is an invisible battle because bacterias are of same color as our tooth and they hide in hard to reach areas of our mouth like gum line and between tooth. Plaque bacteria attack on sugary tooth. They turn sugar into acid and acid into enamel. This is where our body fights back thanks to saliva. Saliva is full of minerals that replaces the tooth structures dissolved away by plaque acids. It takes about 20mins for the minerals to get back in balance after a meal. But if more minerals are taken away than replaced then enamel collapses and bacteria can get into tissue below. This causes cavity and the tooth is in trouble.

Bacteria will start rotting the dent in the enamel causing tooth decay. WHen decay hits sensitive area you get tooth decay. By now enamel is completely undermined. Although only a dentist can remove bacteria from cavity but you can play your own part in the battle. If you cut off in between meal snacks and regularly remove bacterias with brush and floss, then by this you will be helping your body win the war against tooth decay.

For more information about dental problems you can contact me on Lybrate or walk into my dental clinic, Ethical Dental and Health Care, Sector-1004, Noida.
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Tooth Pain - Causes and Treatments
Hello, everyone, I am Dr Vaibhav Garg. I m a micro endodontic and oral care expert. Every day we come across patient s that complain of tooth pain. The pain can be excruciating and can give you sleepless nights. Pain usually occurs due to decay or some sort of pathology in the tooth. As we can see here, tooth decay can be of different levels: minimum, medium or maximum. If we see in depth the maximum tooth decay that happens reaches the blood supply of the tooth. This is the actual cause of tooth pain. As we have seen that the decay is large, such teeth are usually treated with root canal therapy to save the tooth for function and aesthetics.

In a root canal therapy, the infected tissue is removed and the permanent material is fit in the canal and the tooth is secured with a crown. Modern root canal therapy is conducted with the latest equipment and safety measures to give the patient a perfect feeling and it will give the patient the best of treatment possible. If you are going through a pain tooth series, episodes of long-term sensitivity or something else anything that includes oral health care, please visit us through lybrate.

You can take consultations online and offline mode. You can always visit us personally. All the details are available on the lybrate website.
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About Tooth Implants
Hello, everybody, I am Dr Priyanka Puri. I have been practising for the past 12 years. My specialization is aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry and I m an implantologist also.

So today we are going to talk about implants which is a hot topic nowadays for patients and for practising doctors also. So when is that you can have an implant in your mouth. You can have an implant in your mouth when you have a missing tooth. Like you can see in a model here. There is one tooth that is missing. This is a lower molar. In actual the teeth are placed like this in your mouth. So there are the roots, there is the crown and where there is a missing tooth you can see the empty socket here. So when you have a missing tooth in your mouth there are ways to replace it and with the latest technology, we can have a fixed tooth in your mouth which has no relation to your adjacent teeth.

What is an implant?

Implant is nothing but titanium screw. As you can see in this model. The implant is a titanium screw which is made up of titanium and titanium has this unique property of binding with your Alveolar bone. This is how an implant is placed in your socket and this is how it will be inside your bone and as we are talking about the lower jaw we put this implant in your lower jaw bone. We leave it there for three months in case of lower bone and in case of upper bone for six months and this time period is very important for the implant to re-mineralise to reintegrate to become the part of your bone. This is the unique property of titanium and after that what we can do is we can give you a cap with which you can apply all the masticatory forces and you can eat with this tooth. As you can see in the model it is independent of your front and back tooth. It has no relation with your front and back tooth. It is totally independent. And you can see from inside also. This complete procedure takes about three months for the lower jaw and around six months for the upper jaw in case there are no bone deformities, there are no bony disturbances.

One of the important concerns or things which would like to confirm from the patients is the sugar levels, and his or her habits. Because of sugar if it is not at the level if it is fluctuating sugar levels. Then implants success rate will go down and in case you are a heavy smoker then also implants success rates will also go down. But otherwise, implants have a success rate of 90 to 95% all over the world. So it s great of restoring your missing tooth.

In case you have any doubts you can consult me in my clinic at smile experts or you can connect to me on lybrate.
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Whether to Save a Tooth or Extract it ?
Know how Root Canal treatment helps to save a tooth
Know how Root Canal treatment helps to save a tooth

Hi friends I am doctor Premendra Goyal. Lot of questions are asked to us about whether to save a tooth or to extract it. I will talk to you about root canal treatment today which is a treatment by which we can save your tooth and it can serve for a lifetime with good maintenance. A tooth basically is a lot of hard tissue with some tissue in the center, you can it the heart of your tooth which in our language is called as pulp and layman end up calling it something as nerve. Once that nerve or pulp portion of your tooth is exposed to the oral cavity in some way may be a fracture of your tooth, may be decay, cavities- as we call them, once the heart of your tooth, the pulp of your tooth, the nerve of your tooth is exposed to the oral cavity your tooth is in danger. Tissue goes bad, infection travels, it goes deeper and it enters your bone area.

Now to save that tooth or not that is the first question that comes to the mind. By saving that tooth we are saving the natural thing that nature has given us. We have been trying to replace or replicate what nature has given us, but 100% replication of what nature has given us is not possible till date. So the best option is always to save a natural thing, and that can be easily done by root canal treatment. In root canal treatment I will try to explain in as simple language as simple the procedure is for the patient. I will reiterate- for the patient, for the clinician or for your dentist it definitely is a process which involves a lot of intricacies but for a patient it is a very simple procedure, wherein local anesthesia is given and the area is numbed and you don t feel any pain when you undergo the treatment.

A small hole is drilled on the top of the tooth, if it is a grinder, if it is the front tooth the hole is drilled on the back side of your tooth and the nerve area is accessed. And through small instruments the inside and the root area of your tooth is cleaned, up it is shaped, it is disinfected with lot of medicaments and then it is finally filled up with artificial material and then your tooth is restored to normalcy with a cap sometimes or a post which is a support inside the root and building up with the tooth canal material or a material of your choice.

I will give you a broad overview about how a root canal treatment goes about in the pictorial representation. (Displaying pictures) Suppose this was the decayed tooth, a small opening is made on the top of the tooth, we enter the tooth with small instruments, and with the advent of newer technologies it is possible today to complete your root canal in one single sitting, a half an hour to 45 minute appointment and you can end up with a painless tooth. First the root canal is cleaned, it is disinfected with certain medicaments, a artificial filling is placed in the root and then the tooth is restored on the top. So the question of whether to save a tooth or whether to extract it ends up with a proper restored tooth which works for a very long time serving you, thank you.

For more information you can contact us via Lybrate.
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